Chasing Pharaohs Paperback – December 19, 2014
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Rachel Faulkner, Digital Project Editor, Harper Collins Publishers
Chasing Pharaohs made the Harper Collins Authonomy Editor's Desk in December 2013
About the Author
Today, Claire writes crime fiction books set in New Mexico, USA. She has written three books in the series, The 9th Hour, Night Eyes, and Past Rites and is now working on the fourth.
AWARDS: Chasing Pharaohs was a gold medal recipient at Harper Collins Publishers showcase website, Authonomy. The Fowler's Snare, the second in the series also found its way to the Harper Collins Editor's desk and was listed as One To Watch.
Stibbe has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.
The 9th Hour was a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona 2016 Book Awards for Fiction - Mystery/Suspense.
Stibbe was born in England and now lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
MEMBERSHIPS: APD Citizens Police Academy, The Alliance of Independent Authors, Southwest Writers, Crime Writers, Netgalley, Croak & Dagger, and The New Mexico Book Co-op.
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Why not visit us at cmtstibbe.com with comments or questions. Claire blogs at clairestibbe.wordpress.com/ and loves meeting new people on Twitter at twitter.com/CMTStibbe and Facebook at facebook.com/ClaireStibbe
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I attempted this read while on an extended work trip to Egypt and was sorry I could not follow it, especially as I was surrounded by the subject matter. I rarely abandon a book but did it here. I may try again, if so I will update the review if there are changes.
Top international reviews
Tau is evil personified with a vile disregard for human beings no matter their age and gender. He delights in thwarting his nemesis hunter, Shenq, by doing the opposite of what is expected. Love this: “Shenq... was at Tau’s mercy and Tau was not merciful.”
The author has a gift of wordcraft as evidenced by these samples:
“He watched the sparrows as they chattered in the dawn, faintly at first as if groggy from sleep.””Sparks flew off the blades... metal singing against metal.”
Your senses are tingled too and I love it that the reader is immersed into the period. It reminds me of a visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York where smells waft in to assault or tickle your nose. In Chasing Pharaohs, you’d expect the fragrances of expensive essences in the palaces, and we get those, but we are also treated to realism in the dung! Tau as a youngster was thrown into a defecation pit as a punishment—no wonder he turned out so warped! We are also informed that crocodile dung makes one’s ‘member’ stiff. I can’t wait to get to the zoo.
As a writer I love reaching into the heads of characters in my historical fiction and Stibbe does this very well indeed.
Recommended for any aficionado of the Pharaoh era.
There are numerous spelling errors which are annoying.
Thought the plot weak and predictable.